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Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9780743567527
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Dave Robicheaux returns in an adventure as timely as real life: the fight against crime, and the fight for life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In the waning days of summer 2005, a storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima peels the face off southern Louisiana. This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers as he is deployed to New Orleans. As The Tin Roof Blowdown begins, Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed; New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Burke mixes street slang and exquisite, but always precise, descriptive writing…Robicheaux is the perfect vehicle for expressing the brooding and righteous anger which is the only possible response to the failure of the United States Government to organise relief when the levees broke. The Tin Roof Blowdown is proof that current affairs can be worked into fiction. It's account of the destruction wreaked by the floods has an enduring power.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “The story, about greed and murder and redemption, contains some of Burke's most brilliantly realised characters…a compelling and moving narrative, punctuated by his devastating descriptions of the ravaged city.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Probably his finest novel…it's quite an achievement to make the 16th novel in a series a personal best, but its more than that—it stands comparison with the best of Southern fiction.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Burke's novel is a powerful mix of near-journalism reportage…undercut with a simmering rage at the corporate theft and government incompetence that made the clear-up such a difficult and devisive task.”

    Irish Times

  • “This New Orleans looks like Bosch and reads like Ballard…it's worth emphasising that no 'literary' novelist has performed this task of imaginative witness to disaster yet. And none will do it half so well as Burke…he proves more forcefully than ever that he can dive down these mean—or drowned—streets and strike both a tragic, and epic, note.” 

    Independent (London)

  • The Tin Roof Blowdown is the novel James Lee Burke was born to write. His imagination has always tended to the apocalyptical—but Hurricane Katrina outdid his worst inventions…The passages describing the actual flooding are tremendously powerful but Burke also weaves a fully satisfying story into this extreme event.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Burke's prose, jagged and discordant…has always had a hallucinatory quality, but here his descriptions of drowning, floating corpses and devastated buildings provide a background tableaux of madness and terror that knowingly invokes Bosch's visions of hell.”


  • “In the US, he's often regarded as the crimewriter's crimewriter. But that was before Hurricane Katrina ripped the soul out of Burke's beloved New Orleans and inspired him to write what has to be his most gripping thriller to date…Burke's descriptions, especially of the aftermath of the hurricane, are more vivid and powerful than any piece of reportage I've yet to come across.”


  • “Burke creates dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence. Each of his characters feels the hands of both grace and of perdition, and the final outcome of their struggle is never quite certain. Burke showcases all that was both right and wrong in our response to this national disaster, proving along the way that nobody captures the spirit of Gulf Coast Louisiana better.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Katrina was no fictional event, and Burke writes about its aftermath as vividly and powerfully as any nonfiction chronicler… the novel’s power comes from the way it explores the tragedy of Katrina in a way that is perfectly in tune with the series, a kind of perfect storm brought together by the confluence of fictional and non-fictional realms.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Apart from the operatically scaled evocation of the hurricane, a shattering portrait Burke was born to create, the most striking creation here is Bertrand Melancon, a lost soul who can’t decide whether he’s an avenger or a penitent.”

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • A 2008 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • Winner of the 2008 Gumshoe Award for Best Mystery

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 frances | 12/4/2018

    " You can have a great story but if the narrator sucks nothing can save it. Not so for this one, story is one we all saw unfold on TV and Will Patton is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/17/2011

    " I have always had a huge fasination/love for New Orleans and this book captured it so nicely with a good story to boot. YAH!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 3/10/2011

    " I gave this 3 stars because Burke has a wonderful way with words and because I really like Dave Robicheaux, but this story was way too brutal and grim for me and a bit convoluted. Probably a realistic picture of what happened in New Orleans during and right after Hurricane Katrina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/8/2011

    " I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read earlier books in the series. I started with book #16 in the series so I did not know much about the characters' relationships and backgrounds. For the first 50 pages or so I kept trying to figure out who everybody was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/4/2011

    " I've read every Burke. This man should win a pulitzer if he hasn't already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharonbrown | 3/3/2011

    " Mystery personified in midst of a horrendous hurricane with real people, real drama, real dialogue. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billie | 2/24/2011

    " This was my first Dave Robicheaux novel. I found it readable and entertaining--I would pick up another one given the opportunity but won't make a lot of effort to do so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/24/2011

    " I felt like I was in New Orleans again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/23/2011

    " Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell keep their heads above water in the aftermath of Hurricaine Katrina and Rita. "

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award-winning actor and narrator. HIs narrations have earned the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration and also won dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.